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rectitude
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
moral integrity
  • Even much stronger mortals than Fred Vincy hold half their rectitude in the mind of the being they love best.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (15% in)
  • She was now enough aware of Sir James's position with regard to her, to appreciate the rectitude of his perseverance in a landlord's duty, to which he had at first been urged by a lover's complaisance, and her pleasure in it was great enough to count for something even in her present happiness.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (57% in)
  • I am-therefore bound to fulfil the expectation so raised," said Mr. Casaubon, putting his conduct in the light of mere rectitude: a trait of delicacy which Dorothea noticed with admiration.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (65% in)
  • Having the scruples of rectitude in our souls, we are above the meanness of injuring him—rather we meet all his claims on us by active benefits; and the drawing of cheques for him, being a superiority which he must recognize, gives our bitterness a milder infusion.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (35% in)
  • The human soul moves in many channels, and Mr. Casaubon, we know, had a sense of rectitude and an honorable pride in satisfying the requirements of honor, which compelled him to find other reasons for his conduct than those of jealousy and vindictiveness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (93% in)
  • And to Mr. Bulstrode God's cause was something distinct from his own rectitude of conduct: it enforced a discrimination of God's enemies, who were to be used merely as instruments, and whom it would be as well if possible to keep out of money and consequent influence.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (83% in)
  • There are natures in which, if they love us, we are conscious of having a sort of baptism and consecration: they bind us over to rectitude and purity by their pure belief about us; and our sins become that worst kind of sacrilege which tears down the invisible altar of trust.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (41% in)

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